I always make time for some reading in my hectic life, even if it’s just half and hour here and there. As we are about to pack up and move house this is one of my last book reviews for a while. I do have a couple more children’s book reviews in the pipe line coming up in the next week though.
I’m glad I left Seas of Snow as one of my last reviews, it has left me with lasting thoughts that I find are rare when reading nowdays.
In 1950s England, six-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy; she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behavior begins.
As Gracie grows older she finds solace and liberation in books, poetry, and her enduring friendship with Billy, with whom she escapes into the poetic fantasy worlds they create. But will fantasy be enough to save Gracie? Just how far will Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behavior go?
The story weaves between these events and the visits Billy pays many years later to an old friend, confused and dying in a hospice. It is here that he is forced to revisit the events of the past.
Seas of Snow is a haunting and psychological domestic drama with an unexpected twist and considerable emotional punch.
Many people will tell you that they haven’t picked up a book since school.
The curriculum requires kids to read heavy classics, and usually Shakespeare, too. For obvious reasons, these aren’t to everyone’s tastes. These one-off experiences can be enough to put you off for life. But, you shouldn’t let them.
Coming to reading later in life can be hugely rewarding. It’s the perfect way to fill your time. And, who doesn’t like to return to learning during their later years?
One thing’s for sure; books have plenty to teach. To kick start a love you can cling to, find your bookish niche.
But, how do you go about it?
The lovely Boolino books have sent us this fantastic little book to review. The great Farty Slob Beast is great fun and a book I’m sure all children will love. Written by Charlie Farley (love the name!!) and illustrated by Joe Barleymow.
My husband and I are huge foodies. We love to try new recipes, so when we were asked if we wanted to try out a Gousto Box I got a tiny bit excited!
I adore any subscription service. The thought of a surprise delivered to me is like Christmas all over again. I had heard of Gousto through various social media channels but never really read into what it was all about.
Gousto pride themselves in delivering fresh food with step by step recipe cards straight to your door.
Here is how we got on…
It took me ages to scroll through and choose a couple of recipes to try on their website. When I was looking there was a choice of 22! Now I’m not keen on fish ( unless it’s from the chip shop!) so that ruled those ones out.
Now the weather is brightening up we love to spend much more time outside, especially down at the park and roaming around my dad’s fields. So the perfect accompaniment is of course the i-Spy books. As a child I loved mine and I want baby girl to enjoy them as much as i did.
Last Summer we had a look at some other i-Spy books which included the countryside and beach. This year we are taking a look at Wild Flowers and Every Vehicle on the Road.
The next few months sparks off birthday cards season in our family. We have 3 in June, 3 in July and more in September. Unfortunately not all family members live close by. In fact my older sister lives over thousands of miles away in Canada so sometimes sending her a birthday card by post can take time and it’s also not the cheapest.